If you’ve been shunning social engagements to hit the gym, great news: New research suggests you can go to happy hour and stay slim, too. It seems that regular socializing causes the body to turn jiggly “white fat” into love-handle-banishing “brown fat” even when face time involves eating more. This worked really well in mice, anyway, and while we don’t think they have rodent happy hour, scientists do think that a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor found in sociable mice was related to their svelteness. We’re guessing infuriatingly slim foodie types like recent Grub Street Diet subject Melissa Clark have a lot of this surging around.
If only you could see how much fat-burning is happening right now.